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DAY 1 ARRIVE MUMBAI (BOMBAY)

 
 

On arrival stay at The Taj Palace & Towers Hotel.

 
     
 

DAY 2 MUMBAI

 
 

Morning free. Afternoon explore the sights of India’s commercial capital which is hugely spread out and is replete with Victorian Architecture.

 
     
 

DAY 3 MUMBAI - MADURAI

 
 

Morning flight to Madurai. Stay 2 nights at The Gateway Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

 
     
     
     
 

DAY 4 MADURAI

 
 

Spend the morning exploring this bustling city of India, including the famous Meenakshi Temple (excluding the inner sanctum). A car and driver is at your disposal for the afternoon. Evening return to the Meenakshi Temple.

 
     
 

DAY 5 MADURAI - THANJAVUR (Tanjore)

 
 

Full drive to Thanjavur, via the ornate Srirangam Temple at Tiruchirapally. On arrival stay 2 nights at the Ideal River View Resort.

 
     
 

DAY 6 THANJAVUR

 
 

Half day tour of this ancient Chola capital which is dominated by the mighty Brihadeshwara Temple with its huge gopurams. Afternoon free with car and driver at disposal.

 
     
 

DAY 7 THANJAVUR – PUDUCHERRY (PONDICHERRY)

 
 

Full day’s drive to Pondicherry. En route visit the exquisite and rarely visited temple complexes at Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and
Chidambaram. On arrival in Pondicherry stay 2 nights at The Sunway GRT Grand Hotel.

 
     
 

DAY 8 PUDUCHERRY

 
 

Morning exploration of this pretty, peaceful town. The French quarter boasts some exceptional old, colonial buildings and is easy to explore on foot.

 
     
 

DAY 9 PUDUCHERRY - CHENNAI (MADRAS)

 
 

Morning drive up the coast to Chennai. En route visit the fabulous shore temples at Mahabalipuram. On arrival, stay 2 nights at the Taj Connemara Hotel.

 
     
 

DAY 10 CHENNAI

 
 

Spend the morning exploring the city which had strong colonial ties during the days of the East India Company. See the various sights before spending an afternoon at leisure.

 
     
 

DAY 11 CHENNAI - BENGALURU

 
 

Early morning train to Bengaluru and stay 1 night at the Taj West End hotel. Afternoon city tour.

 
     
 

DAY 12 BENGALURU - NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

 
 

Morning drive to Nagarhole National Park. Stay 2 nights at the Cicada-Kabini Lodge. Afternoon game drive.

 
     
 

DAY 13 NAGARHOLE

 
 

Early morning and afternoon game drives either by boat, by jeep or by elephant back. This area of India is home to a rich variety of wildlife.

 
     
 

DAY 14 NAGARHOLE - MYSORE

 
 

After an early morning game drive, proceed to Mysore and stay 2 nights at the Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel. Explore the city this afternoon, visiting the ornate city palace and drive to the top of Chamundi Hill, passing the huge monolith Nandi Bull, en route.

 
     
 

DAY 15 MYSORE

 
 

Morning drive to nearby Srirangapatnam which boasts the ruins of Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. Afternoon visit to the Hoysala Temple at Somnathpur.

 
     
 

DAY 16 MYSORE - CHENNAI

 
 

Morning at leisure. Afternoon train to Chennai. Room at disposal at the Trident Hilton Hotel until late tonight. After dinner, depart for the airport.

 
     
 

DAY 17 DEPART CHENNAI

 
 

Early morning departure for onward destination.

 
     
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